Postcards from Victoria Park: At the Model Boating Lake

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‘Size matters in city parks. Artfully contrived naturalesque spaces, most are tailored to fit in set urban situations, with their specific limits often clearly demarcated by railings, fences and gates. Such barriers are seemingly there to protect the park from the city. Or vice versa, with the metropolis quite possibly fearing contamination by too much exposure to plants and grass, much like a small child forever nudging uneaten vegetables to the edge of their dinner plate…’

Read on, or not as the case may be:

http://chisenhale.org.uk/offsite/offsite_event.php?id=36

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Model Boat Regatta Sunday 24 May, 2pm Model Boating Lake, Victoria Park, E9 5DU

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The Once and Future Park – Policy on Landscape – Ken Worpole and myself, Tuesday 19th May, 7pm The Hub building, Victoria Park

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Wish You Were Here Talk at the Whitstable Literary Festival – Sunday 17th May

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Wish You Were Here – Travis Elborough

Sunday 17 May, 11.30am-12.30pm

Horsebridge Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road, CT5 1AF

£5

“In many ways, our national character has been defined by our relationship with the seaside – and in tracing its development, we can see how our ideas about health, wealth and happiness evolved. Our aspirations and snobbery, our attitudes to sex, our keen sense of fair play, our chequered relationship with national pride and our ability to laugh at ourselves have all been played out against a backdrop of stormy skies, pebbly beaches and sticks of rock. Ranging from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie and the Prince Regent to Aleister Crowley via Billy Butlin and Brighton Rock and Morrissey, Travis Elborough presents a pop cultural tour of the English seaside.”

Link here:

http://www.whitlit.co.uk/?p=1067

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Picture a Park – films on running, football and the pre-Olympic East End Tuesday 12 May, 7pm The Hub Building, Victoria Park, E9 5DU

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‘A film programme selected and introduced by Travis Elborough, featuring Runners (2014) directed by Ivo Gormley and Matan Rochlitz; and What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005) and Monty The Lamb (2006) directed by Paul Kelly. The screening will be followed by a presentation about Gormley’s community exercise initiative, Good Gym, and a discussion with the filmmakers.’

This event is free to attend but booking is advised. To reserve a place, please click here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travis-elborough-offsite-picture-a-park-films-on-running-football-and-the-pre-olympic-east-end-tickets-16317938393

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Games for May – full list of events in Victoria Park in May

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A Walking Talking Tour of Victoria Park -Sunday 3 May, 3pm Meeting point: London Bridge Alcoves, Victoria Park, E9 5DU

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‘Beginning at the London Bridge Alcoves – a fragment of the London’s transport network repurposed as ornamental benches for Victoria Park – Travis Elborough leads a walking tour exploring the social histories of the park’s playing fields. Guest speakers include the poet Tim Wells, Elizabeth Wilson, author of Love Game: A History of Tennis (Serpent’s Tail, 2014); Clive Bettington, Chair of the Jewish East End Celebration Society; and Trenton Oldfield, activist and co-founder of This is Not a Gateway, a not-for-profit organisation that creates platforms for critical investigations into cities.’

The walk is free but to reserve a place click here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travis-elborough-offsite-a-tour-of-victoria-parks-leisure-clubs-tickets-16317803

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